We've stayed at the OBrien Hotel a number of times in the past, but she's getting a bit "shabby." At least the carpet in our room was clean this visit ! There were some other cleanliness issues, however; mold around the bathtub & shower surround joints (a little bleach would get rid of this), and mildewing curtain sheers in the window (again, take 'em down & wash 'em with soap & some BLEACH !). The problem with the curtains seems to be caused by the A/C unit which is right under the window...and it blows the cool air UP INTO the curtains & against the window---INSTEAD of out into the room ! We had to leave the curtains wide open at night to be able to sleep (90+ degree heat outside), and this was not a lot of fun (considering we were on the 1st floor). People parking their cars in the back could stare right in the window (not that they would see anything !).
The beds were not as comfortable as in the past; I assume they have replaced their wonderfully soft & cushiony mattresses with the hard as a board (read CHEAP) ones usually found in budget-priced motels. Too bad---they used to be really luxurious & afforded us a great night's sleep !
Alas, the parking situation has not gotten any better...still nowhere near enough spaces for guests who have to DRIVE to S.A. (who wants to fly nowadays, anyway ??) And, DRIVERS BEWARE...if you park out front, DO NOT let any part of your automobile stick out over ANY SECTION OF THE SIDEWALK...the metermaids in downtown S.A. are particularly hungry as of late (maybe they work on a "commission " basis), and you will be TICKETED and/or TOWED. (Trust me, it WILL happen !!!)
The OBrien used to have wonderful continental breakfasts; now it is mostly pre-packaged junk like you would find on a wire rack at a convenience store (exception...the coffee machine still makes very good coffee---thank God !!) And the front desk clerks used to be really nice...more that a cut above the usual minimum-wage worker with an attitude. Now, the employees are the run-of-the-mill workers who really don't want to be there (but have to be), and don't seem to be able (or again don't want ) to help you with info. on restaurants, clubs, things to see & do, or to even assist you with a problem concerning your room. Oh, well, what do you expect for $6 something an hour, right ??
The O'Brien's location is still great for anyone who must attend meetings at the Convention Center, and the price for the hotel is still pretty much a bargain (considering the exorbitant prices for most downtown S.A. hotels), but a little cleaning & sprucing up would go a long way to encourage return customers. We will be returning to the Alamo City in Feb. 2009, but we are not sure we want to stay here again unless someone hits this hotel with some "elbow grease" !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The O'Brien Historic Hotel Downtown Riverwalk offers quiet luxury in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. We are centrally located one block from the famous Riverwalk (which offers an array of restaurants, shops and nightlife), four blocks from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, three blocks from the Alamo Plaza. You can take a breath-taking walk on the Riverwalk and enjoy the history and magic that San Antonio has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection San Antonio
- San Antonio Clarion Collection
- Clarion San Antonio
- O'Brien Historic Hotel, An Ascend Collection Hotel San Antonio, Texas